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Rattle on the Stovepipe - Poor Ellen Smith (WildGoose)

Listening to POOR ELLEN SMITH, the sixth album by Rattle on the Stovepipe on WildGoose records, it's sometimes hard to imagine that this acoustic trio don't hark from deepest Appalachia, such is the authentic stamp they bring to much of their repertoire. In fact, they hail from various parts of...

The Brother Brothers - Tugboats EP (Self Release)

The Brother Brothers are identical twins Adam and David Moss, originally out of Peoria, Illinois and now based in and around Brooklyn. They play their own songs with obvious nods towards the American country and hillbilly traditions and TUGBOATS is their debut six-track EP, clocking in at just...

Mick Ryan and Paul Downes - The Passing Hour (WildGoose)

Mick and Paul each have long and distinguished histories and have worked with some of the better-known names in the UK folk scene and beyond. Mick is a fine singer and an accomplished songwriter while Paul is an effortless guitarist blessed with access to a range of styles and techniques who can...

Seafoam Green - Topanga Mansion (Mellowtone Records)

Seafoam Green are the soulful vocals and guitar of Dave O'Grady and instrumentalist Rich Robinson from the Black Crowes. Following a recording studios meeting O'Grady was invited by Robinson to open his US and UK dates, this quickly led to writing and recording together. The songs are...

Maddison's Thread - Sixty Minutes an Hour (Self Release)

My travelling companion is sixty years old, she is the sister of my good wife. We listened and believe these songs should be received with good grace. The day after our journey, we return to the car and as we start the cd replays. We both comment that we still have songs going round in our head. It...

Al Stewart

Sheffield City Hall Wednesday 26 April 2017 When I first saw the notices for Al Stewart's latest tour, Back to the Bedsit, I made the assumption that the Scots-born singer-songwriter would be revisiting his debut 1967 LP BEDSITTER IMAGES in full, or if not in full, then perhaps at least half of the...

Sweet Gum Tree - Sustain the Illusion (The Orchard/Plastic Head)

With SUSTAIN THE ILLUSION, songwriter Arno Sojo, better known as Sweet Gum Tree, returns with another set of dreamy works of lyrical allure - his fifth release since 2010's THE VULNERABLE ALMIGHTY and his long-awaited follow up to 2014's superb THE SNAKES YOU CHARM AND THE WOLVES YOU TAME. Produced...

The Andrew Collins Trio - And It Was Good (Self Release)

Bluegrass has come a long way since the first Appalachian settlers began bashing, bowing and plucking whatever instruments they had to hand. Indeed, the music has enjoyed a long history of evolution, and whilst much of what Bill Monroe would recognise as bluegrass is still very much alive and well...

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